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fob

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[ fob ]
/ fɒb /
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noun
a small pocket just below the waistline in trousers for a watch, keys, change, etc.Compare watch pocket.
a short chain or ribbon, usually with a medallion or similar ornament, attached to a watch and worn hanging from a pocket.
the medallion or ornament itself.
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Origin of fob

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1645–55; origin uncertain; compare German dialect Fuppe pocket

Other definitions for fob (2 of 3)

fob2
[ fob ]
/ fɒb /

verb (used with object), fobbed, fob·bing.
Archaic. to cheat; deceive.
Verb Phrases
fob off,
  1. to cheat someone by substituting something spurious or inferior; palm off (often followed by on): He tried to fob off an inferior brand on us.
  2. to put (someone) off by deception or trickery: She fobbed us off with false promises.

Origin of fob

2
1350–1400; Middle English fobben; cognate with German foppen to delude; cf. fob1

Other definitions for fob (3 of 3)

f.o.b.

or F.O.B.


abbreviation Commerce.
free on board: without charge to the buyer for goods placed on board a carrier at the point of shipment: automobiles shipped f.o.b. Detroit.
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British Dictionary definitions for fob (1 of 4)

fob1
/ (fɒb) /

noun
a chain or ribbon by which a pocket watch is attached to a waistcoat
any ornament hung on such a chain
a small pocket in a man's waistcoat, for holding a watch
a metal or plastic tab on a key ring

Word Origin for fob

C17: probably of Germanic origin; compare German dialect Fuppe pocket

British Dictionary definitions for fob (2 of 4)

fob2
/ (fɒb) /

verb fobs, fobbing or fobbed
an archaic word for cheat

Word Origin for fob

C15: probably from German foppen to trick

British Dictionary definitions for fob (3 of 4)

fob3
/ (fɒb) /

noun
NZ slang a Pacific Islander who has newly arrived in New Zealand

Word Origin for fob

C20: from f (resh) o (ff) (the) b (oat)

British Dictionary definitions for fob (4 of 4)

f.o.b.

FOB

/ commerce /

abbreviation for
free on board
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